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Vocational Nursing Course Descriptions

PRE-REQUISITE COURSES

BIOL 2301  HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 3 hours credit
A study of the basic principles of human anatomy and physiology with emphasis on inter-relationship between body systems.  Topics include structure and function of cells and tissues; muscle, skeletal, nervous, and endocrine systems.  Laboratory required.

BIOL 2101 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (LAB) 1 hour credit
Study of the structure and function of human anatomy, including the neuroendocrine, integumentary, musculosketal, digestive, urinary, reproduction, respiratory, and circulatory systems. Co-requisite: BIOL 2301.

BIOL 2302  HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 3 hours credit
The second semester of human anatomy and physiology.  It includes the circulatory, digestive, respiratory, excretory, and reproductive systems.  Laboratory required.  Prerequisite BIOL 2401.

BIOL 2102 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (LAB) 1 hour credit
Study of structure and function of human anatomy, including the neuroendocrine, integumentary, musculoskeletal, digestive, urinary, reproduction, respiratory, and circulatory systems. Pre-requisites:  BIOL 2301/2101.  Co-requisites:  BIOL 2302.

VNSG 1323  BASIC NURSING 3 hours credit
Mastery of entry level nursing skills and competencies for a variety of health care settings.  Utilization of the nursing process as the foundation for all nursing interventions.  Students are eligible for certification as Nurse Aides through the Texas Department of Human Services Long Term Care Division, after completing this course.

VNSG 1160 Clinical Practical Nurse I  1 hour credit
A method of instruction providing detailed education, training and work-based experience, and direct patient care, generally at a clinical site.  Students will acquire skills to provide basic care to clients such as hygiene measures, transfer techniques, obtaining vital signs, bed making, etc.  Clinical experiences are unpaid external learning experiences.

CO-REQUISITE COURSES

BIOL 1322 Nutrition 3 hours credit
Basic principles of nutrition in health and disease.  Food selection and quality of nutrients in normal and therapeutic diets related to physiological and psychological needs of individuals considering socio-economic background.

PSYC 2314 LIFESPAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT 3 hours credit
Study of the relationship of the physical, emotional, social and mental factors of growth and development of children and throughout the lifespan.

SEMESTER I COURSES

VNSG 1402 Applied Nursing Skills I 4 hours credit
Introduction to and application of primary nursing skills.  This course addresses the role of the vocational nurse.  Emphasis on utilization of the nursing process and related scientific principles.

VNSG 1227 Essentials of Medication 2 hours credit
General principles of medication administration including determination of dosage, preparation, safe medication administration, and documentation of multiple forms of drugs. Instruction includes various systems of measurement.

VNSG 1231 Pharmacology 2 hours credit
Fundamentals of medications and their diagnostic, therapeutic, and curative effects. Includes nursing interventions utilizing the nursing process.

VNSG 1461 Clinical Practical Nurse II 4 hours credit
A method of instruction providing detailed education, training and work-based experience, and direct patient/client care, generally at a clinical facility.  This clinical rotation is in nursing home facilities or hospital facilities.  Students in this level will be required to perform various skills on clients such as, but not limited to; hygiene measures, foley catheter insertion and care, physical assessment, g-tube feedings, blood glucose monitoring, care plans etc. Clinical experiences are unpaid external learning experiences.

SEMESTER II COURSES

VNSG 2413 Applied Nursing Skills II 4 hours credit
Application of nursing skills to meet m ore complex needs utilizing the nursing process and scientific principles.  Clients experiencing health deviations are included in this course.

VNSG 1462 Clinical Practical Nurse III 4 hours credit
A method of instruction providing detailed education, training and work-based experience, and direct client care, generally at a clinical site.  Students continue to provide client care, administer medications, wound care, sterile technique, isolation, admissions and discharges of clients, following doctors orders, and utilize the nursing process, etc.  Clinical experiences are unpaid external learning experiences.

VNSG 1136 Mental Health 1 hour credit
Introduction of the principles and theories of positive mental health and human behaviors.  Topics included, but not limited to are; emotional responses, coping mechanisms, and therapeutic communication skills.

VNSG 1122 Vocational Nursing Concepts 1 hours credit
Introduction to the nursing profession and its responsibilities and the legal and ethical issues in nursing practice.  Concepts related to the emotional, and physchosocial self-care of the learner/professional.

SEMESTER III COURSES

VNSG 1230 Maternal-Neonatal Nursing 2 hours credit
Utilization of the nursing process in the assessment and management of the childbearing family. Emphasis on the bio-psycho- socio-cultural needs of the family during the phases of pregnancy, childbirth, and the neo-natal period including abnormal conditions.

VNSG 1234 Pediatrics 2 hours credit
Study of childhood diseases and childcare from infancy to adolescence.  Focus on the care of well and  the ill child, utilizing the nursing process.

VNSG 1138 Mental Illness 1 hour credit
Study of human behavior with emphasis on mental abnormalities and modes of treatment incorporating the nursing process.

VNSG 2214 Applied Nursing Skills III 2 hours credit
Continuation of Applied Nursing Skills II.  Application of nursing skills to meet complex clients needs utilizing the nursing process and related scientific principles.

VNSG 2463 Clinical Practical Nurse IV 4 hours credit
A method of instruction providing detailed education, training and work-based experience, and direct client care, generally in a clinical facility. Students continue to provide client care in various clinical sites; medical surgical, obstetrics/gyn, post partum, pediatrics, etc.  Community sites as well as hospital facilities will be utilized.  Students will coordinate and provide care for clients utilizing the nursing process. Clinical experiences are unpaid external experiences.